The AFP has a very interesting article regarding worker stress and what it means on society, healthcare and even the economy:
Economic turmoil, round-the-clock communication and constant social pressure to succeed have led to a costly increase in stress-related illness and burnout, a panel of experts told a packed session in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.
"In the future, the greatest challenge to the global health system will be stress-related diseases," said Heinz Schuepbach, director of the school of applied psychology at the University of Northwestern Switzerland
What’s really interesting is that this report was conducted in Europe. In Europe, people don’t work as much as they do in the United States, plus they typically get a lot more off days, either through vacation or national holidays. That means that the problems highlighted in the report are, in all probability, much greater here in the United States.